Conference Schedule

Communities for Justice
Sponsored by the Gonzaga University Institute for Hate Studies and Center for Global Engagement, Kootenai County Task Force for Human Relations, and Spokane County Human Rights Task Force

Spokane, WA USA
OCTOBER 19th - 21st, 2017
Gonzaga University John J. Hemmingson Center
Parking is available in the BARC Parking Garage 

Note: This conference is part of a larger coordinated effort by Gonzaga University Center for Public Humanities and the Institute for Hate Studies. Student and community organizations will coordinate events between International Day of Peace on September 21, 2017 through International education week in mid-November. Events will include a speaking engagement by Angela Davis on October 25, 2017.  


The Fourth International Conference on Hate Studies is one of the leading interdisciplinary academic forums on hate, related social problems, and ways to create socially just and inclusive communities.  It convenes leading academics from around the world, journalists, law enforcement personnel, educators, representatives of governmental and non-governmental organizations, human rights experts, community organizers, activists, students and others to discuss hatred and ways to engage communities with justice. We anticipate richly interdisciplinary, cross-sector participation from international, national, and regional audiences. The lessons learned and plans which emerge will help educators, researchers, advocates and others better analyze and combat hatred in its various manifestations so as to lead to communities being committed to peace, human rights, and justice. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Registration for the conference is required.  



Opening PlenarySpeakers, presented by the Gonzaga Institute of Hate Studiesand Center for Global Engagement 

Attendance is open to conference attendees only. 

Jennifer Schweppe is the co-director for the International Network for Hate Studies. She will give a talk on Friday Oct. 20 from 9:00-9:30. Her presentation is sponsored by the Gonzaga Center for Global Engagement. A lecturer in law at the University of Limerick since 2004, Schweppe has published extensively in the area of hate crime, including two co-edited collections with Oxford University Press and Palgrave Macmillan. Her research in the area of hate crime has been funded by the Irish Research Council, the Irish Council for Civil Liberties and the European Union (twice). She is currently completing an EU funded project entitled, ‘The Lifecycle of a Hate Crime’. Working closely with civil society organizations in Ireland, she is a member of the National Steering Group Against Hate Crime and has presented to Irish parliamentarians on the need for, and form of, hate crime legislation. 

Joe Levin, co-founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center, will speak on Friday, Oct. 20 for the keynote presentation from 9:30-10 a.m. The title of his talk is "Then & Now: History of the Southern Poverty Law Center; development of its intelligence project; politics and culture today and their relationship to hate." Mr. Levin has worked with Morris Dees to shut down some of the nation’s most violent white supremacist groups, reformed juvenile justice practices, shattered barriers to equality for women, children, the LGBT community and the disabled, protected low-wage immigrant workers from exploitation, and more.

Friday Reception Speaker, presented by the Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations:  

Conference attendees and the public are invited to register for this ticketed event. The cost for the event is $50. 

Sen. Cherie Buckner-Webb, Idaho State Legislature.  

“With Liberty and Justice for All”  

Sen. Cherie Buckner-Webb, D-Boise, will discuss "With Liberty and Justice for All" at the Friday, Oct. 20 banquet reception, 5-7 p.m., presented by the Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations. Elected to the Idaho House of Representatives in 2010 and the state Senate in 2012, 2014, and 2016, her leadership reflects collaborative and visionary goals. Banquet includes dinner and a performance by the Gonzaga Women's Chorus.

Saturday Closing Keynote, presented by the Spokane County Human Rights Task Force:  

Conference attendees and the public are invited to register for this ticketed event. The cost for the event is $10.  Admission is free to those with a GU Id. 

Rabbi Francine Green Roston, Glacier Jewish Community B-naiShalom of Flathead, Montana. 

“Responding to Hate & Cyber-Terrorism: Lessons from Whitefish MT" 

Rabbi Francine Green Roston will present "Responding to Hate & Cyber-Terrorism: Lessons from Whitefish, Montana," at the Saturday closing keynote, 7:00-8:30 p.m., sponsored by the Spokane County Human Rights Task Force. Rabbi Roston is committed to remaining resilient in the face of hate, most recently from the white nationalist movement and The Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi website at the center of an online harassment campaign involving threats to several Jewish residents of Whitefish. The community responded with a counter-campaign that included community meetings, "Love Lives Here" signs and a downtown "Love Not Hate" rally. Rabbi Roston will share her experience as well as advice on how to respond to hatred in our communities and take effective actions to promote human rights and strengthen our communities. "In our darkest nights this winter, this state, our elected representatives, the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, you all lifted us up," said Roston. "You let us know we are not alone." The evening will close with a community prayer for peace and call to action.


Thursday, October 19 

Friday, October 20 

Saturday, October 21 



8:00 Check-In/Registration 

9:00 Registration 

9:00-10:00 Opening Plenary  

9:15 -10:00 Morning Yoga, Community Partner Displays and Poster Session  

10:15-11:45 Session 1 

10:15-11:45 Session 4 

12:00-1:15 Lunch on your own 

12:00-1:15 Lunch on your own 

1:30-3:00 Session 2 

1:30-3:00 Session 5 

3:15-4:45 Session 3 

3:15-4:45 Session 6 


Early Check-In/Registration 

5:00-7:00 Reception Keynote Speaker (Ticketed event) 

5:00-6:45 Dinner on your own,  


Film showing: 13th 

Free and open to the public. Seating on first come, first served basis.  



7:00-8:30 Closing Keynote Speaker  (Ticketed event) 

Accommodations: There are many area HOTELS that offer Gonzaga student/family/visitors a discount.  Please make your housing arrangements as soon as possible.  Some of the hotels that are nearest campus - within easy walking distance - include:
427 East Indiana Ave.
800.978.6587 | 509.483.4316 
115 W. North River Drive
N 700 Division
800.733.5466 | 509.326.5577
303 W. North River Drive
801 N. Division
311 N. Riverpoint Blvd
is located downtown, but is very wonderful and offers a free shuttle.
10 South Post Street